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, i want to thank you. and god bless all of you. >> secretary of state john kerry will be speaking for the american israel public affairs committee. his speech is scheduled to get underway at about 6 p.m. eastern. live coverage starts at 5:00 with her marked by senator chuck schumer of new york. and secretary kerry will leave tonight for ukraine. reuters is running a story about an increasing military threat that says, in part, russia's thek sea fleet has told forces in crimea to surrender. if they do not surrender by 5 a.m. tomorrow, a real assault will be started in the divisions of armed forces across crimea. that again, from reuters. earlier today at aipac, senator russiacain commented on and the ukraine. here's what he -- a bit of what he had to say. [video clip] >> i come to you with a heavy heart of what is happening in the ukraine. it is directly related to what is happening in the middle east him and obviously we know that what happens in the you middle east -- in the middle east is vital to the existence of the state of his -- israel. i will not go through the history of
. as many of you know, john kerry is in key avenue as we speak, at my direction. as we speak, at my direction, with full support for the ukrainian people. we have been working with our partners and the imf to build support for a package that helps to stabilize ukraine's economy. today, we announced a significant package of our own to support the ukraine's economy, and to provide them with the technical assistance they need. it includes a plan loan guarantee package of $1 billion. it provides immediate technical expertise to ukraine to repair its economy. forrtantly, it provides assistance to help ukraine plan for elections that are going to be coming up very soon. as i said yesterday, it is important that congress stand with us. i do not doubt the bipartisan concern that has been expressed about the situation in the ukraine. there is something immediate congress can do to help us. that is to help finance the economic package that could stabilize the economy in ukraine, help to make sure that fair and free elections take place very soon, and as a consequence helps to de-escalate the
kerry and -- was absolutely right and the president was absolutely right in telling russian president putin that he he better think twice before he considers any kind of military intervention in ukraine. that is not something that can be or should be tolerated, and russia must understand that it cannot be a business as usual. if they make any military moves into ukraine, it's going to cost them a great deal in their relationships with the united states and with our european allies in the european union. it can't be business as usual. which leads me to iran. we are in very delicate negotiations with iran right now. the one thing that everybody agrees the p-5 plus one is that at the end of the day iran must not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. i have been very critical of the iranian regime through the years and continue to be so. what i. me especially is that while they are negotiating with us, they are continuing to wreak havoc in all different parts of the world. iran remains the leading supporter of terrorism throughout the world. in fact, if we look just next door into syria, a
what secretary kerry is doing is to de-escalate the tension, the crisis, so that that gives us an environment where we can work through the current situation. as i noted in my opening comments, a number of diplomatic economic tracks are now in play. the president initiated those with our european partners. the u.n., osce, nato, buddha pest part -- budapest partners that signed the 1994 agreement, don't know what the status that have is today, but secretary kerry, as you know, was supposed to meet with the minister today. whether that's happened or not. these different tracks, diplomatic, economic, solve this problem diplomatically. we have interest, of course we do. that's the goal as you ask, what are we pursuing and what are we doing? i think it's the right approach. responsible approach. >> so would you say our goal is to de-escalate tensions or to see the russians removed from the crimea? >> we made that clear, our position. we have recognized the new government. we have said that the russians, as you know they have a basing agreement with crimea, and their troops should re
the talks that are going on as we speed between u.s. secretary of state john kerry and foreign minister lavrov. given the fertility of the situation on the ground, does the prime minister agreed one important outcome from these talks would be if they lead to direct high level talks between russia and ukraine? >> in order to de-escalate the situation the most important thing that should be arranged is a forum for discussions in which the russians and ukrainians can speak to each other. there have been some contacts between russia ministers and ukrainian ministers. this morning their meetings taking place in paris covering other issues as well but there has been some progress in putting together a contact group, an idea i proposed to the prime minister back in january to start having a group of countries around russia and ukraine to encourage such dialogue to take place. that's the single most important thing that could help to de-escalate the situation. >> mr. speaker, clearly we all up for a good outcome from those talks by the eu also has a crucial role to play. does he agree the eu at
to applaud secretary kerry for already trying to address this and floating the idea of $1 billion that would then go to immediate aid. i want to call upon the european union, headquarters in brussels, and all the individual european countries to do the same. it's important now for this financial faith and confident dense so that the people -- confidence so that the people of ukraine can continue to move rward and develop some financial security in this transitional period. this is also critical in that this occurs as a bridge before the international monetary fund weighs in. the international monetary fund, obviously needs to have a stable government to deal with. it also needs to have and will ask for reforms, transparency, rule of law, some financial controls to get the ledger solidified in ukraine. and that is what they should do. so the important aspect of this debate is that the individual countries that have concern about the stability of what's formerly called the captive nations, the eastern block, now countries that want to be in the european community, a free, democratic institutio
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